After pouring over myth book and myth book, building a several page character bio and digging for her motivation – this is what I know about my Aphrodite.
She’s beautiful, but vulnerable. Yes, she can be manipulative but it’s her last resort. She’s hungry for love – feels it deeply, devoted to lovers, and faithful to those that believe in the emotion. She sees beauty in all things, not only those things that are visually beautiful. She’s generous and giving. She’s not too young, or too old. And she’s a mother – several times over.
I couldn’t shake the painting of Aphrodite Rising as my inspiration…
Initially I was going with Robin Wright Penn. She’s so beautiful.
But, she seems a little too fragile. Something I don’t think Aphrodite was.
But then Charity gave me the right answer! And it was was like, duh, of course…
Monica Belluci fits perfectly.
But, thank you for these wonderful suggestions: Halle Berry, Angeline Jolie, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Robin Wright Penn and Christina Hendricks. All of them were totally valid.
What do you think?